ISLAMABAD: Quaid-e-Azam University in Islamabad came out on top of the Higher Education Commission’s list of university rankings in Pakistan for the year 2013-14, released on Monday.
University of Agriculture in Faisalabad and University of Punjab in Lahore secured second and third positions respectively, as per the HEC.
Although the report was published after a year’s delay, HEC chairperson Dr Mukhtar Ahmad stated at its launch, “After much effort, the herculean task of collecting, analysing and the final evaluation for the new ranking was made possible.”
“This time we have tried our best to overcome all technical statistical bias,” he added, while admitting there were errors in the 2012 rankings, published in 2013.
The ranking was conducted for 120 varsities present prior to June 30, 2009. Nineteen universities awarded charter after June 30, 2009, have not been included in the list.
Further, Allama Iqbal Open University and Virtual University were excluded from the list for providing incomplete data.
Unlike previous rankings, the HEC shelved the idea of categorising the varsities in large, medium and small categories and this time released a general rankings list, including all disciplines.
The universities which made it to the top 10 in ‘overall ranking’ can be seen in the table below.
The chairperson said universities that have over 50% students in any discipline have been categorised in subject ranking.
“LUMS has not been listed in the business category as it has vast areas of subjects now, unlike the past,” Ahmad told The Express Tribune.
The HEC rankings were based on the implementation status of quality assurance, teaching quality, research produced at the universities, finance and facilities for social integration and community development.
IBA tops rankings for Business Education
The Institute of Business Administration (IBA) emerged as the highest-ranked university in the category of Business Education.
Lahore School of Economics and Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto Institute of Science and Technology (SZABIST) in Karachi followed on the second and third rank for business, respectively.
NUST tops rankings for Engineering & Technology
National University of Sciences and Technology (Nust) in Islamabad was declared to be the best university in the “Engineering & Technology” category, bringing previously ranked number one in the category, Pakistan Institute of Engineering & Applied Sciences (PIEAS), Islamabad, to second place.
Aga Khan University tops rankings for Medicine
Aga Khan University was accorded the highest rank in the disciplines of “Medicine”. The medical university in Karachi was followed by University of Health Sciences in Lahore and DOW University of Health Sciences in Karachi, respectively.
University of Agriculture in Faisalabad tops rankings for Agriculture/Veterinary
University of Agriculture in Faisalabad and University of Veterinary & Animal Sciences in Lahore secured the first and second place in “Agriculture/Veterinary” category respectively.
NCA tops rankings for Arts
Of only two universities ranked by the HEC for Arts, the National College of Arts (NCA) in Lahore secured the first rank, while Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture in Karachi came in second.